Poverty

CPBB chartIssue Spotlight: The War on Poverty at 50

It has been 50 years since the United States began the War on Poverty. Much progress has been made, but much remains to be done.

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Commentary: It's time to renew our War on Poverty

Resources on the War on Poverty's 50th Anniversary

Recession Fallout: Poverty Rates Up, Median Income Down from 2007 to 2012 in Many Parts of PA

Blog: Don't Give Up The Fight

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September 17, 2010

Pennsylvania experienced a small increase in poverty and a large decline in health insurance coverage. This report is the first to include a full year of data during the Great Recession.

September 1, 2010

The Rendell administration on Tuesday laid out where it plans to cut $212 million from the 2010-11 state budget. That, along with a projected $70 million in revenue from a yet-to-be-enacted Marcellus Shale gas severance tax, will bridge a revenue shortfall.

August 11, 2010

A day after Congress approved an extension of FMAP funds and an education jobs fund, Governor Ed Rendell announced more budget cuts are on the way in Pennsylvania.

August 10, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives voted 247-161 on Tuesday to provide $26 billion in additional federal assistance to the states. For Pennsylvania, that means $600 million in additional FMAP funds and $388 million in funding to keep teachers in the classroom.

July 10, 2010

The 2010-11 state budget relies on $850 million in enhanced federal FMAP funding for public health and human services that is in jeopardy. View Congressional district fact sheets detailing the impact of FMAP and the critical health services it funds on the lives of Pennsylvanians.

July 8, 2010

Lawmakers avoided a prolonged fight over spending and taxes, but they also missed an opportunity to raise recurring revenue to put Pennsylvania on surer fiscal footing. PBPC has a full analysis of the 2010-11 budget plan signed into law on July 6.

June 4, 2010

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a jobs bill after stripping out a six-month extension of federal assistance to states for health care costs. Learn more and take action to prevent deep cuts to health and human services.

December 17, 2009

Along with boosting the economy and preserving jobs, seven provisions of the federal economic recovery act are also keeping about 189,000 Pennsylvanians from falling into poverty this year.

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